The Honorable Jeffery A. Deller
Adjunct Professor of Law
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In 2005, Judge Deller was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment, Judge Deller was a shareholder in the bankruptcy and insolvency practice group at Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, P.C. While in private practice, some of his representations included representing the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System ("UPMC") in connection with UPMC's $100 million acquisition of the assets of St. Francis Hospital, serving as counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in various Chapter 11 Cases (including the cases filed by National Record Mart and Arcadia Energy Corp.), and serving as advisor to most of the Pittsburgh region's banks and financial institutions with respect to bankruptcy and loan workout matters. Judge Deller graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and received his law degree, cum laude, from the Duquesne University School of Law. While in law school, Judge Deller served as a member of The Duquesne Law Review and was the recipient of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal Prize awarded by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award granted by the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association (the "ACBA"). Judge Deller is a prior recipient of the ACBA's Young Lawyer of the Year Award and is also the author of Looking Before You Leap Into an Involuntary Bankruptcy Case, 171 N.J.L.J. 446 (2003), Examining the Examiner: Waiver Of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Outer Limits of an Examiner's Powers in Bankruptcy, 43 Duq.L.Rev. 187 (2005), and co-author of Putting Order To The Madness: BAPCPA and the Contours of the New Prebankruptcy Credit Counseling Requirements, 16 J. Bankr.L.&Prac. 1 Art. 5 (2007). Judge Deller is also a contributing author to West's Pennsylvania Forms: Debtor-Creditor, which is a forms guide and treatise for practitioners.